"When you are looking for an answer to something, look into your heart. The place that holds God is the heart. The answer that you get when you ask God who resides in your heart is the right one!" – Shri Raj Khilnani
Raj Khilnani is a policeman with a difference. Having a sound sense of discipline, he is also blessed with a strong spiritual foundation that helps him focus on the humane side of law.
Joining the IPS in 1977, he has worked alongside senior police officials like Mr. Julio Ribeiro who was the Police Commissioner of Mumbai and Mr. Ronnie Mendonca who was the Director General of Police (DGP), Maharashtra. Raj Khilnani assisted Mr. Ribeiro, along with the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) to crush the miscreants in the Thane-Belapur industrial belt following which, Mr. Ribeiro became the Police Commissioner of Mumbai.
Raj Khilnani led many challenging assignments throughout his career. He clamped curfew and maintained a prolonged red alert preventing riots and security threats after the Babri Masjid demolition and the Bombay riots and bomb blasts. He was also assigned the responsibility of the preventive detention of Dr. Datta Samant that had to stand the judicial scrutiny of the High Court.
As Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Dahanu, Thane, he handled a very heavy charge beset with diverse problems. It was extensive, covering highly urban industrial areas touching Bombay and right up to Gujarat, covering remote tribal areas.
In 1981, he worked as Additional Superintendent of Police of composite Thane District. In the new Commissionerate, he continued as Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) for Thane, Bhiwandi and New Bombay. He worked extremely hard to curb the widespread organized bootlegging and gambling activities by creating terror among the anti-social elements not only in his zone, but also in Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Dombivali, and Ambarnath.
As the Commandant in the SRPF, he again showed his charismatic ability to lead, and raise the morale of the battalion which was continuously deployed under adverse conditions to tackle the famous textile mills strikes in Bombay.
The professional competence and skill required of an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer have been amply demonstrated by him throughout his career with his special knack of promoting team spirit and leading the force by his sincerity of purpose and strength of character in both official and personal capacities.
Being a disciple of Meher Baba, his deeply ingrained spiritual outlook enabled him to set an example of high moral integrity. Thus, he was able to establish very high credibility amongst the officers and constabulary. He was eager to improve the image of the Police not merely through public relations, but also by an honest, impartial approach to work and empathy for the public. He had genuine concern about the well-being and welfare of his subordinates. As Superintendent of Police (SP), he organized many drama and orchestra shows to substantially augment the Welfare Fund.
Self-restrained by nature, he proved himself through his deeds, his reputation at the various places he worked, and his dedication which meets the highest standards expected of a senior police officer.
In 2010, he started Heart Quest Charitable Trust, symbolizing goodness and all that is positive and virtuous.